After initiative voting, a new focus on implementation

By Stephen Gruber-Miller grubermi@grinnell.edu The student initiatives passed last week ranged from an affirmative sexual consent policy to a resolution to improve cell phone reception on campus. Perhaps just as important was the number of students voting.  The 60 percent turnout was significantly higher than last spring when voting barely reached 50 percent, the minimum…

Michael Benitez joins the Grinnell family

By Queenster Nartey  narteyqu@grinnell.edu Michael Benitez, the new Director of Intercultural Engagement and Leadership, wants to add some food for thought to all the real food at cultural events on campus. Benitez has noticed that there is a lot of dancing, food, partying and celebration at multicultural events, which he agrees are important. But he…

Students discuss working with Grinnell Prize winners

By Darwin Manning  manningd@grinnell.edu While many members of the community spent their summers in an assortment of rewarding endeavors, perhaps none took such a Grinnell-focused approach as the two students and two staff members who worked with organizations that received the Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize last November. Challenging Heights, which works to educate…

This week in Joint Board

By Nicholas Chisholm  chisholm1@grinnell.edu Joint Board approved budgets for archery and guitar amplifiers and discussed the details of 10/10 this week. Joint Board first discussed the budget for the newly-created archery club to purchase equipment. Archery club representative Emily Mesev ’15 said, “we want four recurve bows which cost about $120.00 a piece, and we…

Crocodile dreams

By Geo Gomez gomezgeo@grinnell.edu Crocodiles, a shimmery beach band from San Diego, is coming to Grinnell to spread their nostalgic and wayward sound. The influence from noise pop is evident in their low-fi sound. The music sounds like it has not been heavily produced in a studio and instead conveys the raw sound of the…

Smith Exhibit Mesmerizes

By Vadim Fainberg fainberg@grinnell.edu This past week, Smith Gallery hosted Intentional Stands, A Foreshadowing, an exhibit created by Daniel Feinberg. Feinberg is a third year sculpture MFA student at the University of Iowa. Spanning the entire length of the room, Feinberg’s sculpture incorporates the space with his work, both as a support for the sculpture…

Trans-Atlantic steals the show

By Meg Schmitt  schmittm@grinnell.edu The name “Appalachian Strings and Zimbabwean Keys” alone promises a different kind of sound than the type Sebring-Lewis hall is accustomed to, and the description confirms it. “Zimbabwean” and “bluegrass” don’t usually mingle, but in the case of this Friday’s performance by Trans-Atlantic Steel, the blend is unexpectedly harmonious. The group…

Neverland never grows up

By Daria Brosius brosiusd@grinnell.edu What could be more fun than getting to recreate recess with your friends? Neverland Players, a troupe co-directed by seniors Kate Doyle and Amanda Borson, provides a vehicle for Grinnellians to explore their love of play through theatre and storytelling. Doyle explained the group’s focus on a collaborative process. The first…

Tracey Ashley walks a fine line

By Geo Gomez gomezgeo@grinnell.edu Tracey Ashley is a Georgia-born comedian who has performed at college campuses and comedy clubs across the country. She bases her comedy on her experiences with relationships, her family and her life as a comedic performer. In a piece called “Trust is Important” Ashley talks about a time she had a…